NRK boss: Slow TV ‘difficult to joke with’

Rune Møklebust, the mastermind of NRK's Slow TV concept, warned The Local last week that Slow TV is "a difficult thing to joke with" and that our planned April Fools' story about a Slow TV programme on snow melting was "not that far-fetched".

NRK boss: Slow TV 'difficult to joke with'
Rune Møklebust. Photo: NRK
"You can write whatever you want on April 1st, but Slow TV is a difficult thing to joke with" he wrote. "Considering what we actually have done, a 200-hour snow-melting is not that far-fetched." 
He said that, the channel's new media laboratory, did an April 1st hoax a couple of years ago about the channel planning to film Norway's longest fjord, under water, live.
This, he said "is actually is on the real list." 
READ THE APRIL FOOLS' ARTICLE: Norway's NRK to air 'Slow TV' snow melt

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Norway hit by early snowfall as up to 20 traffic accidents reported

The first snow of the year in parts of southern and eastern Norway on Monday night and early Tuesday resulted in up to 20 traffic accidents in the region, according to police.

Norway hit by early snowfall as up to 20 traffic accidents reported
Illustration photo: Aditya Vyas on Unsplash

Police in Norway’s East District warned motorists not to drive without winter tyres due to the hazardous conditions.

In a tweet, police wrote that “several reports” had been received of accidents, particularly in the Romerike north east of Oslo.

As many as 20 accidents had been reported by 9:30 on Tuesday morning, police operation leader Atle Vesttorp told news wire NTB.

A number of these accidents involved cars sliding into central reservations, emergency lanes and lamp posts.

“In Romerike especially there is snow, and that’s where we’ve had the majority of accidents this morning,” Vesttorp said.

No serious injuries have been reported as a result of the road conditions.

But police encouraged drivers yet to change from summer to winter tyres to make the shift or, alternatively, leave their cars at home today.

It is mandatory for tyres with a tread depth of 3mm be used in Norway between November 1st and the Sunday after Easter Monday.

It is also the car owner's responsibility to make sure winter tyres are on the vehicle before winter conditions threaten a driver's safety.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about driving in Norway